We are hard at work briefing our arguments against Kentucky's refusal to recognize valid same-sex marriages from other states. Our case, which is on an accelerated schedule by order of the judge, must be fully briefed by both sides over the next several weeks. You can read our amended complaint here.
During my research, I rediscovered this gem from the Ninth Circuit's ruling in Perry v. Brown, 671 F.3d 1052, 1078 (9th Cir. 2012):
Had Marilyn Monroe's film been called How to Register a Domestic Partnership with a Millionaire, it would not have conveyed the same meaning as did her famous movie, even though the underlying drama for same-sex couples is no different.
There is power in language. Some names carry weight that others, though identical in function, can never hope to lift. A rose by any other name may not actually be a rose anymore.